Archaeological Computing Research Group
Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton, UK
Costas was born and grew up in Piraeus. He studied history and archaeology at the University of Crete, and graduated in 2007 with a First Class result. During his studies he got prizes from the State’s Scholarships Foundation and the Merchant Seamen’s Fund for his performance. He continued his studies at the University of Southampton receiving a Master of Science in Archaeological Computing (Virtual Pasts) and especially in computer based analysis of virtual reconstructions as valuable tools to provide a better understanding of past reality. He graduated with a Distinction. At the moment, he is at the last stage of his PhD candidature in Archaeology at the University of Southampton employing formal and informal analytical tools and computer graphics to critically evaluate the ways that modern methodological tools and especially three-dimensional visualisations can enhance archaeological interpretation. His research interests are mainly focused on the theory of visualisation, perception and interpretation in prehistoric archaeology, as well as the processes of recording in archaeological fieldwork. He is particularly interested in the simulation of light in ancient environments attempting to enhance the interpretive process, as the interaction of architecture and light is usually neglected in archaeological reasoning.
He has worked as a supervising archaeologist at the excavations of the Peak Sanctuary of Vrysinas 2004-2008 (Director I. Tzachili), Koutroulou Magoula Archaeology adn Archaeological Ethnography Project 2010 - to date (Directors N. Kyparissi-Apostolika & Y. Hamilakis) and Zominthos Project 2008 - to date (Directors Y. Sakellarakis & E. Sapouna-Sakellarakis), as well as at the surveys of Vrysinas and Thirasia (Director I. Tzachili). He founded the amateurish team ‘Modern Archaeological Documentaries’ taking part in National and International Festivals. He is also member of the Archaeological Computing Research Group (ACRG) of the University of Southampton, elected member of the Institute for Archaeologists (IFA) and member of the Program Committee in the International Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) 2012 and member of its review college since 2010. He is founding member of CAA Greek Chapter and elected publication officer. He has presented his work at the 2nd Conference of Prehistoric Archaeology, Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA - UK Chapter and International), Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (VAST), Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG), Visualisation in Archaeology (ViA), Cretological Congress, Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA - London) etc. He has organised conferences, seminars, workshops and sessions and has teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He has published his work in a monograph, edited volumes, conference proceedings and various journals. His most recent edited volume is: Thinking beyond the Tool: Archaeological Computing and the Interpretive Process. He is now working on the Oxford Handbook of Light in Archaeology (Oxford University Press).
Archaeology and the Language of Light: Interdisciplianry Studies in Experience and Perception
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